Meet Our Team
Werner was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from Summit College in Abbotsford, British Columbia, he returned to Ontario to become the youth pastor at Tottenham Evangelical Church near Toronto. In July 1983, Werner and Gabriele moved to Milwaukie, Oregon as an associate pastor responsible for youth and music at Clackamas Christian Center. While living in the Portland area, he enrolled at George Fox University in the Master of Divinity program. A few weeks after their daughter, Alison, was born, the family moved to Nederland (Beaumont), Texas in August 1986. Werner served as Senior Pastor in Nederland First Assembly of God for six years (1986-1992). In October 1992, Werner came to Life Church in Aloha, Oregon and has led the church through two significant building programs and transitions. In June 2003, Werner graduated from Fuller Seminary with a doctorate degree in Church Management and Leadership. Werner is married to Gabriele and they have two children – Alison (1986) and Arden (1989).
Sarah was born and raised in Hillsboro, Oregon. After graduating from Glencoe High School, she studied management and business accounting at PCC. Sarah worked in the financial industry for 11 years as an Administrative Assistant, Account Representative, and an Executive Assistant. In 2012, Sarah started working at Life Church as a financial assistant and event scheduler, and now as the church receptionist.
From a young age, Sarah helped her parents volunteer at church and in the community. They taught her that serving others is a joyful privilege. Throughout the years, Sarah has enjoyed serving in a variety of ministries including Children’s Ministry, Women’s Ministries, Christian Girl Scouts, and feeding the homeless. She likes to lend a hand wherever needed, and to help others experience the love of Christ.
Sarah started attending Life Church in 1996. A few weeks later, God introduced Sarah to Ethan in Sunday School and they were married the next year. They have two girls, Megan (born 2007), and Hailey (born 2009). Sarah likes spending time with her family and friends playing games, taking pictures, enjoying the outdoors, and just “living life” together.
Adam was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington where he developed a love for music and a desire for God at a very young age.
In the fall of 2000, after seven years of intense musical training and participation in various musical organizations, Adam responded to the call of God and enrolled in the Master’s Commission program at Tacoma Life Center, a ministry school with an emphasis in ministerial leadership and education. It was there that he met his future bride Jinnalee, an Oregonian from the Tillamook Bay area, who shared a calling for ministry and an equal love and appreciation for all things music and creativity. The two of them were developed, trained, and launched into full-time ministry under the late Dr. Fulton W. Buntain.
In 2003 Adam and Jinnalee relocated to Las Vegas where Adam would serve as the Worship and Creative Arts Pastor at the International Church of Las Vegas for nearly a decade. During the course of ministry there, they had the delight of seeing countless people transformed through music and the arts in the city of Las Vegas and throughout various parts of the world.
In July of 2012, Adam and Jinnalee joined the Life Church family where Adam serves as the Worship Arts Pastor. As a couple united in worship ministry, they have developed an insatiable desire for God’s presence and a heart to see people thrive in their gifts and creative potential. They have made it their life’s mission to see the northwest come to know Jesus intimately and profoundly, and to develop a lifestyle of worship.
Shawn was born in India but moved the United States with his family when he was two. His family has been part of Life Church since he was seven. He went to Portland State University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Finance and has worked since 1998 in the insurance industry. He has a passion for youth and has been a youth volunteer at Life Church since 1998. In 2008, he completed his Masters in Business Administration at George Fox University.
April was born in Oregon, but grew up as a missionary’s kid in Africa for about 18 years. After high school she went to Master’s Commission in Rockford, IL for two years. She then graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas, TX. Afterwards, she felt the Lord leading her to return to the mission field. It was during this time in Swaziland, that God brought Shawn on a short missions trip with Empower Africa. Within a year, God had led her back to Oregon where April and Shawn were married. They have three boys, Joel (2005), Josiah (2009). and Judah (2014).
They believe that God is doing a new and fresh thing in our time, and honored to be a part of what He is doing in this generation!
Rhonda is an Oregon native, growing up in the greater Portland area. She graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon with a degree in Business and Speech Communications. God has led her through a variety of experiences from teaching Sunday School for Chinese children to living and teaching in Japan for two years. Throughout it all, God has brought children into her life and has grown in her a desire to see children live up to their potential and to learn how much fun it is to serve God.
She has attended Life Church since 1999 and from the beginning she served in children’s ministry. From teaching the 3’s-5’s class, then coordinating the Nursery for seven years, then God prompted her to move into KidsLive! ministries, our children’s program. As the Children’s Pastor, she uses relevant teaching through interactive Bible stories and games to make KidsLive! Church an exciting place to be.
While in Salem, she met and married her friend, David. David and Rhonda have been married since 1999. They have two kids in the ministry, Zachary (2001) and Zoe (2002). They like to play family board games, camp and hike, as well as, enjoy a good movie together.
Sergio was born and raised in Mexico City where he went to music school and graduated with a degree in composition and musical arrangement. He attended Calacoaya Christian Church for 20 years where he was a worship leader since he was 16 years old. At Calacoaya he obtained a solid biblical foundation through different courses and studies.
In 1998 he moved to Las Vegas to be a worship Pastor at Centro de Victoria, shortly after he became the worship Pastor for the English congregation Victory Christian Center where he served for 8 years. During this time he married his wife Katia. Katia was born in Mexico and raised in Las Vegas. She was a children and youth Pastor at Victory Christian Center for three years.
In 2007 they became worship Pastors for International Church South Campus, two years later he and Katia were called into lead Pastoring the Hispanic church of the International Church of Las Vegas. They pastored that church for 5 years.
Sergio and Katia then began to work with Comunionet, an international internet prayer and congregation ministry alongside International evangelist Sergio Scataglini.
In May of 2015 Sergio and Katia founded a Hispanic church called Presencia Las Vegas. Six months later God called them to move to Oregon to be part of the Life Church family and to Pastor Vida. Their desire is to reach the Hispanic community for Jesus.
Sergio and Katia continue overseeing the church they founded in Las Vegas and are the lead pastors of Vida since January 2016. They have three beautiful children David (2004), Jeremy (2005), and Grace (2010).